Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

Contact: Wayne Chandai, Tel: 020 7926 0029 Email: wchandai@lambeth.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Mayor

    Minutes:

    It was moved by Councillor Hopkins, seconded by Councillor Leigh and:

     

    RESOLVED: to elect Councillor Ibrahim Dogus as Mayor of the London Borough of Lambeth for the municipal year 2019/20.

     

    Councillor Dogus made the declaration of acceptance of office, witnessed by the Chief Executive, and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

     

    The meeting was adjourned from 1910 to 1919 to enable the investiture to take place in the Mayor’s Parlour.

     

    Councillor Dogus in the Chair.

     

    The Mayor thanked Council for electing him as Mayor and introduced his Mayoral charities for 2019/20 – Lambeth Refugees Welcome and the Migration Museum. The Mayor stated he was proud to be Lambeth’s first Kurdish Mayor and committed to be a Mayor for all of Lambeth.

     

    The Mayor introduced Reverend Cathy Wiles from Lambeth Refugees Welcome and Sophie Henderson from the Migration Museum to explain the work carried out by their organisations.

     

2.

Election of Deputy Mayor

    Minutes:

    It was moved by Councillor Holland, seconded by Councillor Chowdhury and:

     

    RESOLVED: to elect Councillor Philip Normal as Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Lambeth for the municipal year 2019/20.

     

    Councillor Normal made the declaration of acceptance of office, witnessed by the Chief Executive, and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

     

3.

Report of Mayoral activities for 2018-19 by the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Christopher Wellbelove

    Minutes:

    Councillor Wellbelove, the outgoing Mayor, gave a report on his Mayoral activities for 2018-19 which covered:

     

    ·         The work he had carried out to raise awareness of the theme of his Mayoral Year, which was mental ill health and suicide prevention.

    ·         Attending the first joint Civic Service for the Mayors of Southwark and Lambeth at Southwark Cathedral.

    ·         The many community events he had attended including School assemblies, harvest festivals, Windrush 70 Celebrations, the Lambeth Country Show, Portugal Day and Pride Celebrations.

    ·         The work undertaken by his chosen Mayoral Charity, Mosaic Clubhouse, and the many charity events he had held to raise money for the charity.

    Councillor Wellbelove thanked Council for electing him as Mayor.

     

    Councillors Briggs, Thackray and Caldicott spoke to thank Councillor Wellbelove for his service as Mayor.

     

4.

Announcements

    Minutes:

    The Mayor paid tribute to those who had lost their lives, and their loved ones and relatives who had been affected by, the terrorist attacks in Christchurch New Zealand on 15 March 2019 and Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

     

    Council observed a one minute silence to pay respect to the victims of these attacks.

     

    Councillor Manley-Browne was welcomed to the Council following her election as member for Thornton Ward at a by-election on 11 April.

     

5.

Declaration of Pecuniary Interests

    Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.

     

     

    Minutes:

    There were none.

     

6.

Minutes

To approve and sign the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 13 February 2019.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 13 February 2019 were deferred to the next meeting.

 

7.

Leader of the Council, Cabinet portfolios, other administration and Opposition appointments pdf icon PDF 285 KB

    Minutes:

    Councillors Briggs, Bartley and Hopkins spoke on this item and made the following points:

     

    ·         The responsibilities of Policy Leads were not clear, despite the fact that they received a Special Responsibility Allowance. It would be beneficial to clarify the roles and responsibilities of Policy Leads.

    ·         More attention needed to be drawn to the ongoing climate emergency within the Cabinet Portfolios, as well as the Council’s Corporate Plan, as every decision made by the Council needed to take into consideration climate change.

    ·         Councillor Holland was congratulated for becoming Deputy Leader.

    ·         The new administration brought together a strong team of individuals with a wide range of experience to tackle the issues that mattered for Lambeth including reducing inequalitiy and tackling the financial challenges for the Council as a result of continuing austerity.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)  To note the Cabinet appointments as made by the Leader of the Council and other group appointments

    (2)  To note Opposition appointments as set out in the report

     

8.

Review of Allocation of Seats to Political Groups pdf icon PDF 172 KB

    Minutes:

    Councillor Griffiths addressed Council and stated that the Green Group had been only allocated the minimum number of seats on Committees legally possible, and that the Green Group should have been offered the position of Chair or Vice Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

     

    Councillor Winifred stated that the Green Group and Conservative Member were already over represented on Committees compared to their overall seat allocations.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)  That the report of the Chief Executive setting out the recommended allocation of seats to political groups, as set out in Table 2 below, be adopted.

     

    (2)  That Council reappoints its Committees with the sizes and allocation of seats between political groups as set out in Table 2 of the report.

     

9.

Constitution 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 161 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Elliott spoke to thank Council for allowing more questions at Full Council meetings. He also highlighted that the opposition were still not represented on every Council Committee; and suggested that this should be allowed in order to build more openness and transparency into the Council’s decision making procedures.

     

    Councillor Adilypour responded by stating that the administration had already worked to increase opportunities for the opposition to scrutinise the work of the Council through allowing more questions at Council meetings, as well as a greater number of, and more time to consider, deputations and would continue to work with the opposition on more ways for them to be engaged.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)  To note the table of proposed changes to the Council’s Constitution (Appendix 1).

    (2)  To approve the Council’s Constitution 2019-20, including:

     

    ·         The responsibility for functions, including the executive, local choice functions and the discharge of functions by way of the joint committees and other bodies.

    ·         Scheme of delegation to Cabinet Members and officers, as set out in the Constitution.

    ·         Establishment of Cabinet, including its terms of reference

    ·         Scrutiny arrangements: appointment of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee with the terms of reference, constitution, membership and call in. Appointment of a Childrens Services Scrutiny Sub Committee, with the terms of reference.

    ·         Rules of procedure (Part 3 of the constitution).

    ·         Codes and protocols (Part 4 of the constitution).

    ·         Management structure (Part 6 of the constitution).

    (3)  To appoint Chairs, Vice-Chairs and other members of committees (including substitute members except where such members are excluded by its constitution) (Appendix 2).

    (4)  To recommend the Appointments, Corporate, Licensing and Standards Committees to appoint their respective sub-committees with the terms of reference, constitution and Page 19 Agenda Item 9 membership (including substitute members except where such members are excluded by its constitution).

    (5)  To invite Cabinet to appoint the bodies to undertake executive functions as set out in Part 2, Section 2 of the Constitution.

    (6)  To invite Cabinet to confirm the renewal of all joint arrangements (whether by way of joint committee or otherwise), as detailed in Part 2, Section 5 of the Constitution, which, following the adoption by the Council of executive arrangements, became either the sole responsibility of the Cabinet, or partly the responsibility of the Cabinet and partly the responsibility of the Council.

    (7)  To appoint the representatives of the Council on other bodies and outside organisations (Appendix 3).

    (8)  To approve the annual schedule of meetings set out in Appendix 4.

     

10.

Waiver of 6 month Councillor attendance rule

    Minutes:

    Councillor Choudhury explained that under Section 85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972 a member of a local authority must attend at least one meeting of that authority over a consecutive six month period to avoid disqualification as a Councillor. This requirement, however, could be waived provided the authority approved the reason in advance of the six month period expiring. The authority was able to specify an extended time limit for the Councillor.

     

    It was noted that Councillor Gallop had been ill and therefore been unable to attend a meeting since 1 November 2018. It was unlikely she would be able to attend meetings for several months.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That a waiver of the 6 month Councillor attendance rule is granted for Councillor Annie Gallop, extending the statutory period to 1 November 2019.